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Inside: GCSE Mathematics Support and resources Training and events Version 2 May 2011 Your guide to GCSE Mathematics 4360 The BIG changes in maths What’s changed and why GCSE Mathematics, for first teaching from September 2010, includes: ã 50% applying mathematics and problem solving ã the introduction of functional elements of mathematics. The big changes in maths stem from the recommendations in the Smith report Making Mathematics Count (2004). This need for change was reinforced by the Of
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  Inside: GCSE MathematicsSupport and resources Training and events Version 2 May 2011  Your guide to GCSE Mathematics 4360  The BIG changes in maths What’s changed and why GCSE Mathematics, for first teaching fromSeptember 2010, includes:ã50% applying mathematics and problem solving ãthe introduction of functional elements of mathematics.The big changes in maths stem from therecommendations in the Smith report Making Mathematics Count  (2004). This need for changewas reinforced by the Ofsted report Mathematics:understanding the score (2008). Positive changes  As part of reforms in the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study, the changes provide a challenging andexciting opportunity to teach maths the way you’vealways wanted to. Less about ‘teaching to the test’,the new specification includes a greater emphasison process skills and problem solving, meaning:ãyou can teach maths in the way that’s right andrelevant for your studentsãour revised qualifications are focused on thedemands of the modern world and are designedto appeal to all levels of abilityãprocess skills and problem solving are at theforefront of this new specificationãyou have more flexibility than ever to engage learners. For more information about changes in maths, visit 2   AQA’s pilot experience For more information about GCSE Maths and resources, visit Did you know that students on the AQAGCSE Maths pilot performed better thanother GCSE Maths students? We compared the performance on common questionsof students who sat the AQA June 2009 GCSE Maths,and students who sat the GCSE Maths pilot. The students involved in the maths pilot performed 32% better  when answering the types of questionsthat now make up 45-55% of the GCSE. Thiscompares to a 1% difference achieved by the samestudents for all other questions common to bothexams, which suggests that the two cohorts were of asimilar level of ability.So why did they perform 32% better on questionsassessing the new AO2 and AO3?Teachers involved in the pilot told us how they madechanges to their schemes of work and how theyprepared students. Could these changes to the waythat maths is taught be the reason for the better performance? New pilot-approved resources Now all teachers and students can benefit from thesuccess of our pilots. We’ve used the knowledge andexperience gained from the pilots, as well as extensiveresearch, so you can be sure that AQA’s supportpackage will deliver exactly what you need.These new resources include  AQAAll About Maths  – afree, online, interactive resource, exclusively for AQAGCSE Maths teachers. You can take a look at  AQA All  About Maths at In order to gain full access please sign up to teach at Designed and developed by teachers for teachers,  AQAAll About Maths combines guidance to thespecification with a range of support materials andresources that will help you teach effectively, including: ãfully interactive route maps – flexible pathwaysthrough each unit and topic within the specification 3 Our pupils have very  much enjoyed it and have  been more motivated  “”  AQA seemed to be the only board with a clear vision  and structure for the Functional  Maths pilot  “” The pilot has been a positiveexperience…I have really enjoyed the process “” ãa ‘library’ of past exam questions, answers andexaminer guidance ãaccess to Exampro –create your own mock exampapers in minutes, includes over 700 relevantquestions.ãteaching resources – including lesson plans,interactive teaching aids, ideas for starters andhomework sheets, all designed to save you timeand help you get ready for the new specification ãa personal storage area where you can combine AQA resources with your own, additional materialsãthe Pilot Experience – the work done and thelessons learned from the pilot. Pilot examquestions are integrated into the library andresources used by pilot teachers are built into thescheme of work. We carried out GCSE Mathematics and Functional Mathematics pilots in over 300schools, with over 40,000 students. These pilots provided us with unique insightsinto the radical changes to the way the subject is taught. We used this knowledgeand experience to produce question papers and resources which make sure thatyou and your students get the most out of the changes.  Specification overview 4 The specification, specimen question papers and mark schemes are availableonline at Our GCSE Mathematics specification means that your students will have a real understanding of maths. A simple and straightforwardspecification: ãflexible, so you can deliver a modular  course(students sit exams at different times during thecourse) or a linear  course (students sit all threeexams at the end of the course)ãdesigned so the units can be taken in any order ãthe three exams are available in November,March and June. AQA’s GCSE Mathematics is the bestchoice because: ãyou want clear and useful resources, so your time is spent on teaching not on preparationãyou want detailed analysis of your results, for free, with AQA’s Enhanced Results Analysis ãyou want your students to achieve the bestgrades they canãyou want your students to be interested in andmotivated by mathsãyou can trust AQA, not just because of our pilotexperience, but because we currently have themost popular modular Maths specification. AQA’s GCSE Mathematics: ãbuilds onKey Stage 3 Mathsãreflects the revised Programme of Study for KeyStage 4.The main focus, however, comes from your needs.Teachers have told us of the importance of soundtechnique in working with numbers and understandingfractions, decimals, percentage and basic ratio. These basic features are applied across all threeunits, giving learners opportunities to apply essentialskills in a variety of ways, including everydaycontexts, statistical problems and more abstract,mathematical scenarios. All units address all three assessment objectivesAO1 recall and use their knowledge of theprescribed content AO2 select and apply mathematical methods in a range of contexts AO3 interpret and analyse problems and generatestrategies to solve them.


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